Spiritual Care Today is the official podcast of the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc. The vision of JPCP Inc. is advancing theory and professional practice through scholarly and reflective literature on pastoral and spiritual care, counseling, psychotherapy, education, and research.
Pastoral Care Specialist
This episode features an interview with Aaron Pawelek who is a pastoral counselor and co-chair of the Pastoral Care Specialist Training Program, a new curriculum developed by the former American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the current ACPE Psychotherapy Commission. The 48-hour program focuses on providing the knowledge and skills pastoral caregivers in churches and faith communities need to help others effectively, ethically, and safely. To learn more about the program, click here.
Aaron Pawelek LICSW, MSW, MTS, is an ACPE Psychotherapist at the New England Pastoral Institute in Salem, New Hampshire. He received his Master of Social Work and Master of Theological Studies degrees from Boston University. Aaron has been leading the development of the Pastoral Care Specialist program since 2017.
This episode features an interview with Suzanne Tindall, an interfaith minister, hospice chaplain, and Certified Spiritual Director. Our discussion presents a short introduction to spiritual direction and how it differs from other forms of spiritual care.
Suzanne Tindall holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from California State University and a Master of Arts in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University. She is an ordained interfaith minister and a Certified Spiritual Director through the Chaplaincy Institute.
Music Therapy and Spiritual Care
This episode features an interview with Kayla Sadowy, who provides music therapy in hospice and other settings. We discuss how music therapy intersects with spiritual care, and how music can empower a patient 's spiritual journey. Kayla Sadowy holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Capital University and a Masters of Music Therapy from Temple University. She is also pursuing her Masters of Divinity and is a candidate for the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA.
Spiritual Care and Religious Freedom Law
This episode features an interview with Pamela Ayo Yetunde, who discusses some of her most recent publications, including her newest book Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care. Ayo is assistant professor of pastoral and spiritual care and counseling at United Theological Seminary and founder of Center of the Heart, which provides pastoral counseling, yoga, and conflict resolution education.
Religious Harm of Sexual and Gender Minorities
This is an interview with Charles Fensham, author of Misguided Love: Christians and the Rupture of LGBTQI2+ People. Charles is Professor of Systematic Theology at Knox College, University of Toronto. The book is published by the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications and discusses the history of harm toward sexual and gender minority Christians.
In this episode, we interview Russell Siler Jones who is developing the Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) program with ACPE. The program will help therapists increase their knowledge and skills for working with their clients’ spirituality, as well as helping therapists learn ethically appropriate ways of drawing upon their own spirituality in the therapeutic relationship. SIP is currently in its pilot stage, but you can sign up to learn more on the ACPE website.
Russell Siler Jones is a pastoral counselor in Asheville, NC, and Director of the Residency in Psychotherapy and Spirituality for CareNet-Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, and a North Carolina Certified Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor. He is past chair of AAPC’s Southeast Region and now serves on the ACPE Psychotherapy Commission.